thaigold
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Larger Planes For LCC's?

Fri Nov 25, 2005 2:49 pm

G'day

I understand that a one-plane-fleet is an important part of the LCC business plan, however they surely have routes which could fill up bigger planes - and make better business that just increasing frequency?

My question is - when do you think we will see the major LCC's ordering larger planes - A350/B787 etc.?

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RE: Larger Planes For LCC's?

Fri Nov 25, 2005 3:22 pm

Quoting Thaigold (Thread starter):
My question is - when do you think we will see the major LCC's ordering larger planes - A350/B787 etc.?

As far as WN goes, my guess is a qualified NEVER. (Never say "Never")

I like having the choice of 30 flights a day to HOU from DAL.  Smile

Since having only 737s in their fleet has worked tremendously well for them, I don't see that strategy changing. (Unless the 737 replacement is called something else.)

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RE: Larger Planes For LCC's?

Fri Nov 25, 2005 4:12 pm

I was thinking about this the other day. The WN uses all 737s, but B6 has gone with A320s and ERJs. This kind of breaks the traditional one-fleet model a little.

It would be cool if some LCC goes for a slightly larger carrier. Maybe B6 will someday want to try doing their Full-service LCC model on Trans-Atlantic or Trans Pacific.

I guess...Never say Never.
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RE: Larger Planes For LCC's?

Fri Nov 25, 2005 4:22 pm

Quoting Thaigold (Thread starter):
when do you think we will see the major LCC's ordering larger planes - A350/B787 etc.?

As soon as the new US Airways takes delivery of them  Silly

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RE: Larger Planes For LCC's?

Fri Nov 25, 2005 6:06 pm

Well in the UK, Jet2 are adding 757's to their fleet alongside their existing 737's.


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RE: Larger Planes For LCC's?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:00 am

Quoting Centrair (Reply 2):
The WN uses all 737s, but B6 has gone with A320s and ERJs. This kind of breaks the traditional one-fleet model a little.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't AirTran break the model by introducing the 737-700 into their previously all MD95...uh, B717 fleet? You could even argue that they broke the model by introducing the 717 into their DC9 fleet...or contracting with AirWis to fly RJs...or Spirit flying the A319/321 and MD80 series aircraft.

Or Southwest flying the 727 and 737 (which, granted, didn't last...).

Or EasyJet flying the 737 and A319...or...well, you get the picture.
 
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RE: Larger Planes For LCC's?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:04 am

My original intent was not to rant about B6 not breaking the model, rather I was going to say that, yes, I believe LCCs will introduce different, larger aircraft and eventually start trans-oceanic/continental services. And the 787/A350 may present the perfect opportunity to do so.

And therein lies the "gotcha" about the legacy carriers shifting capacity to international services to get away from the competitive effects of the domestic LCCs...one day the LCCs will expand into international markets and say "gotcha" to the legacies.

Eventually, the legacies are going to have to stop running away and turn around and fight.

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